Note to the Community
March 01, 2010 by Scott Finkeldei
The new Axio Learning website looks terrific. We have made changes to make it easier to find information such as past issues of the Quarterly and help and tutorial information and also have updated it to match the current look of Axio. I want to thank everyone on the Axio team who worked hard putting it together.
In the spotlight section on page 4, see how Axio community member JohnElla Holmes improves student retention. As distance and hybrid/blended courses allow students to be more and more detached from the support and interaction that face to face courses have and being on a campus provides, student retention becomes even more important. Students can shop online and pick courses from a variety of sources and can have little to no tie to an institution. How can you reach out and interact with your students, and have them interact with each other in ways that increase their retention at your institution?
This issue also contains an article detailing the benefits of social collaboration on page 2. You can find out how other Axio community members are using these tools to benefit their teaching and learning interactions and their connection to their students and peers. Social collaboration provides a powerful set of options for communication, sharing and interaction and its popularity helps ensure that students will be familiar with how it works and how it can be used.
On that note, this issue’s Tips & Tricks section provides information on using Student Groups. Axio’s Student Groups tool provides a way to break up your students into sub-groups quickly and easily and provides them with tools to work together, and provides the instructor tools to interact and evaluate their work together.
There is also an interesting article about using Axio Learning to structure a virtual team workflow. Axio is not just for courses! You can use Axio as a collaboration tool to provide team members a secure way to share files, communicate and interact in their search committees, and working with groups or clubs.
As always, thanks for your input and participation in the Axio Community. We are always interested in the work our community members are doing and would love to feature your innovative ideas and methods in the Axio Quarterly. Contact us with your ideas and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org